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with a foot in each camp. >> translator: there was a married couple, he was for san salvador, she rooted for el carmen. they had to sleep in different rooms. >> reporter: but las parandas reunites this town. andres travels from new jersey. >> tomorrow, it's like it never happened but you know we keep the memory and we want to come back again and again and again. >> reporter: preparations for next year's festival begin at sunrise. patrick oppmann, cnn, remedios. >> cnn newsroom continues right now deb feyerick in for ali velshi. >> good to see you, tony. have a great afternoon. you're looking at live pictures of new york city, the nation's largest city has nearly run into a standstill, all major airports are closed. the roads are a mess, but new
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york is not alone. if you're in the northeast and want to get out, or outside the northeast and want to get in, forget christmas. this is starting to feel a lot like groundhog day n the wake of the yuletide blizzard that brought as much as two and a half feet of snow and winds as high as 80 miles an hour, travel is at best strongly discouraged, at worst it's impossible. the three major airports serving new york city were supposed to reopen at 4:00 p.m. eastern, three hours from now, but, well, take a look at those pictures, that has been pushed back along with the hopes of thousands of would-be passengers. jfk is now scheduled to reopen at 6:00 p.m., no word on laguardia or newark, more than 2,500 flights have been canceled since yesterday and even if the snow were to melt tomorrow, it would take days to get all those schedules back to normal. the snow won't be melting tomorrow, that's because blizzard warnings are still in effect in northern new england, states of emergency as far south as virginia, but here, too, as
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you know, timing is everything. schools in many offices were closed anyway, most stranded flyers found out their flights were canceled before they went to the airport so they were allowed to stay home. one of them, cnn's rob marciano is staying put in stamford, connecticut, today. rob, you're out there, looks like the wind has died down a little bit but it is going to be a problem. what's it like out there? >> reporter: well, conditions are improving. i'll say that, deb, and obviously where the travelers are stranded and have to get around via air that's a backlog of unimaginable proportions but as far as what we're starting to see now in the last couple of hours is a bit of a digging, a digging out of what has been a blockbuster storm for some. in stamford, good job getting mass transit out. the buss are out along with the plows and the buses got stuck behind our live shot, two of them get stuck, one had to get
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towed out. we are making progress. the snow has finally stopped and the winds have died down just a little bit. they've been able to catch up and plow some of these roads to the point where you're seeing a little bit of black tarmac and with the sun coming out that will help things out. temperatures below freezing tonight, that's going to make travel an issue. the other improving condition has been the new haven line of metro north where they had issues with the equipment now, running that line which runs the i-95 corridor, including in s m stamford from new haven to new york city, on a sunday schedule with cancellations, limited schedule there, same deal with long island railroad. obviously folks are getting out and about, just to give you an idea of how difficult it is to get around, people have been walking on the streets rather than on the sidewalk, because just to get on the sidewalk it is quite the chore, and then once you're there, there's no guarantee that it's actually going to be paved. so that's what we're looking at
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here, blizzard warnings have been dropped, there are still some power outages because of the tremendous winds across new england, so some folks in the dark and some cases without heat, and there have been shelters set up across parts of eastern new england because of that. slowly improving things here, deb, that's certainly some light at the end of the tunnel. back to you. >> absolutely. at least maybe for some kids they're able to take advantage of it and do some sledding because it certainly looks like some fun sledding snow out there. thanks, rob. our allan chernoff also he's out there at laguardia airport in new york. allan, any word on when they're going to be, on when they'll reopen or people understanding it's going to take a couple of days? >> reporter: right. when they actually reopen the airport, that is almost like a starting gate, it doesn't mean that all of the sudden the flights are going to begin taking off. you can see behind me, some people trying to reschedule their flights, there's a little bit of a line there, some people arriving at the airport, some
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not even aware that their flights are not on for the day, but the headline here remains the fact that people have been delayed just hours and hours and in some cases days and days, yes. we have an example here, sarah sohn is trying to fly to chicago. you've been here for how long at laguardia airport? >> i arrived here december 26th. >> reporter: that's yesterday. >> yes. >> reporter: now it's 24 hours. sarah is trying to get to chicago and then to shanghai. you've got a long trip ahead of you. when do you expect to get out of here? >> i'm going to leave on december 28th, 7:00 a.m. >> reporter: tomorrow morning, 7:00 a.m. now, sarah, where did you sleep last night? >> i just sit there. i didn't sleep. >> reporter: in a seat right here by the food court. >> yes. >> reporter: all night long. >> um-hum. >> reporter: last night you told me, my goodness, i'm so tired.
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you look pretty good right now. >> maybe my friend that she's here, so i'm good. >> reporter: hooked you up. people are in good humor. you have one more night and plan to stay right here. >> yes. >> reporter: my goodness, imagine that, two nights literally sleeping or trying to sleep in a chair, only to get on to a flight to chicago and then 14 hours to shanghai? >> 14 hours. >> reporter: assuming those flights are on time. deb, wow. what a story. >> absolutely, a lot to process. certainly i was on the 10:00 flight yesterday and we were so lucky to get out. there was sort of a giddy expectation we were among the lucky ones. allan chernoff thank you so much there in new york city. our "sound effect" today is a black voice trapped in a white body, a quote from the bounder bradio one, describing teena marie. marie called herself the ivory queen of soul. here's part of the reason why. ♪ i need your love, and i won't
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bring no pain ♪ ♪ a little birdie told me that you feel the same way game ♪ ♪ and all you want to do ♪ let's make a deal, sugar all i want to do is ♪ ♪ be your one and only lover ♪ i just want to be your lovergirl ♪ >> teena marie died in her sleep yesterday at her home in pasadena, california. she was 54. the last night of her life she tweeted a quote from jazz great sarah vaughn. "may you never grow old and may i never die." we also remember at claimed documentarian bud greenspan. he chronicled the olympic games for six decades on films and books. he died christmas afternoon of complications from parkinson's disease. he was 84. new security concerns today about the thousands of air cargo
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flights that passed over the u.s., but don't actually land here. a "the washington post" report says the packages on those planes are not screened to u.s. standards. and the paper says passengers are not matched to names on the tsa's terror watch list. the tsa spokesman says it's working with other countries to improve screening of cargo, and an airline industry representative says the risk from these flights is low. the issue got international anext october when explosives were found in these printer cartridges on flights bound for the u.s. from yemen. former president bill clinton's heading back out on the campaign trail, a spokesman says he's going to be in chicago next month to campaign for rahm emanuel, as he runs for mayor. emanuel worked in the clinton white house for five years. he was president obama's chief of staff for two years before heading back to chicago to seek the mayor's office. a 911 reporting is out today after the death of a woman at the home of former
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anheuser-busch ceo august bush. the 28-year-old was found dead last sunday. busch did not make this 911 call. it was made by an employee at the home. no cause of death has been released. the medical examiner says martin had no obvious signs of trauma, and toxicology results could take six weeks. busch's attorney says his client is upset and disturbed over the death. nine of the men arrested in britain on terror charges last week appearing in court today. we'll have a live report from london. for just your signature. like the cc, or the tiguan. huh. yeah, plus every vw includes scheduled carefree maintenance. really? that's great.
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nine many period in court in london today to face terror charges. they were among 12 suspects arrested in a series of raids one week ago. three of the 12 have been released but the other nine are accused of conspiring to cause explosions likely to endanger lives. dan rivers is standing by in london. you were in court today, dan. what are you learning? >> well, we are learning the identities of these men, they're aged between 19 and 28 years old, they're from three different locations around the uk, kardiff and london. all charged with two main offenses, conspiracy to cause an explosion between the 6th of november and the 21st of december and preparing for an act of terrorism between the same dates that, involved things like downloading, researching material online, conducting reconnaissance of different
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alleged targets, traveling and attending to meetings among the men, and even igniting and testing incendiary material, and eight of the nine men were also charged with some counts of possessing extremist material that could be useful in this plot. now, they're all appearing again on the 14th of january in the uk at the old bailey. two of the targets that were mentioned in court were the u.s. embassy in grosvenor square and the london stock exchange, that gives you an idea of the nature of this plot. we'll report more once the trial gets under way but debra, this could be several months away before a full reporting is allowed in the uk once a jury is sworn in and of course the men haven't had a chance yet to put in any pleas, guilty or not guilty. they were simply allowed to
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speak and confirm their names and their ages and their address. >> and dan, obviously the restrictions in london are different from in the united states. looking at some of what's out there it suggests by releasing three of the people they may not have been intrinsic to this alleged plot as perhaps the other nine are. is that a fair suggestion? >> yes, and i think it's important to remember in a lot of terrorist arrests in the uk, quite a large percentage of the people who were initially picked up on terrorism charges or suspicion, sorry, arrested on suspicion of terrorism are later released, and then you know, it gets an ever smaller proportion that are actually successfully prosecuted under terrorism charges, so it wouldn't be a surprise in this kind of case that you know, a quarter of the men initially picked up a week ago were released without charge. it's very difficult in these cases to get enough evidence to make something stick in court. in this case, three of the 12
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have been released without charge, nine go forward to the next stage. it is consteefbl that perhaps some of those may then be subsequently released if it's felt the evidence isn't strong enough. already the crowd prosecution service here, the public prosecutor has come forward and said they think this is in the public interest and clearly think they've got a case to put before the courts. >> dan rivers in london, thank you so much. clearly it will be interesting to see also what kind of evidence they put forward including perhaps what the incendiary devices may or may not have been. now we turn to another story, what you need to know before you head to the store to return those unwanted gifts. next. coming up in "your money."
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maybe you didn't get exactly what you wanted for christmas. that means you're headed back to the store to return some of those less than perfect gifts but there are some important things you need to know before you go. cnn's christine romans is in new york with that checklist. christine i had to tell you my nieces and cousins were at the mall yesterday, 45 minutes to park and then it was a nightmare they said there were so many people there. >> yep, and i even stopped place yesterday, one place to buy salt for my driveway and another place to check out some deals before the snow came down and there was an hour-long wait to return gifts at a kohl's department store in new jersey. a lot of people braved the elements. first piece of advice you don't need to do it right away. if you've got the receipt wait a few days and make sure it's safe to do so. the national retail federation says one in three americans will return at least one gift and "consumer reports" says people expect to spend an hour in line to do that. return policies are changing all the time so be careful and
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they've actually been getting more consumer friendly over the past couple of years after a barrage of consumer complaints over everything from restocking fees to really difficult return policies. it will be a little bit easier to return something to macy's, for example. you'll have a little bit longer to do so. they had a shorter window for returning gifts before, also toys "r" us is going to have, if you have a receipt, you'll be able to return that within i think 60 or 90 days now. be sure that if you get there within the next month or two you'll be able to return it. gift cards, though, a little bit of a warning on the gift cards, if you get a gift card, you can't return a gift card. don't let it get lost. $5 billion of gift cards go unused every year so use it or lose it. don't forget about that. >> when people are returning items how does it affect store's bottom line or do they count 30% of gifts will be returned? how does it affect it in. >> that's interesting because
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actually most people don't -- look if you buy something online about 30% of online purchases are returned, so think about that. some of them are gifts that are unwanted, that never get returned so that's good for the store, right? but kind of the pain and suffering of having to restock something and put it back out for sale later on is difficult. it's one of the reasons, deb, why so many retailers kept things lean this year. they don't want a lot of excess inventory. they figured the usual rate of people returning things, and they don't want to have a lot of stuff on the shelves which means you might not have all the deals in the next couple of weeks that you thought you would. this snowstorm means that maybe you're going to have some deals maybe into next week, some of the store sales you would have seen yesterday and today didn't get a lot of people, maybe they'll extend those for the next week or so. if you've got something to return, my advice is have a receipt and return it sooner rather than later >> without the receipt if something goes on sale are they going to give you the sale price as opposed to the price somebody paid for the gift? >> yes, so you're out of luck.
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it's best and always best to give a gift receipt even though you know in your heart, deb, the gift you're giving someone is exactly what they want. >> correct, always >> just a little piece of insurance and put the gift receipt in there. >> okay, christine romans thank you so much. be sure to tune in to "with your bot come line" with christine romans every saturday morning at 9:30. check in the latest developments in our top stories a major blizzard in the northeast paralyzed air travel. new york's three major airports are shut down, closed. the faa says jfk and laguardia could reopen at 6:00 p.m. no word on laguardia. more than 2,500 flights have been canceled since yesterday leaving thousands and thousands of passengers stranded, many sleeping on cots and airport floors and making friends with strangers. julian assange is reportedly landed a book deal worth at least $1.3 million.
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assange says he'll use the funds to keep his website running and pay for legal fees piling up because of sex charges he's facing in sweden. assange told "the sunday times" of london he didn't want to write the book, but he had to for financial reasons. in morocco, officials say a terror network made up of six men planning to attack hot spots around the world has been dismantled. a state-run news agency says the members of the network had considerable experience making explosives and planning to use car bombs. the interior ministry says the men will appear in court once the investigation is complete. the controversy over president obama's birth place just doesn't seem to go away. but you may be surprised to learn who's bringing it up now. ed henry will have that in his stakeout.
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democratic governor of hawaii. ed henry is giving up some surfing today, on the stakeout in hawaii, where the president is spending his christmas vacation and ed, boy, it seems like this controversy just does not go away. why the governor? why is he stirring it up? >> reporter: well, deb, you're absolutely right, this has gone back to the 2008 campaign. even though the obama campaign back then had the certification of live birth which is considered an official document here, it's not the actual birth certificate but certificate of live birth. they kept reviving it and the bottom line is i sat down with the governor, spoke to him this weekend and he basically in his first on camera comment says look, i realize the white house may not like me bringing this up but i don't care. he said it's a matter of principle for him and he wants to "end this controversy" once and for all. here's what he had to say about
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why he's doing this now. >> obviously i'm going to do what is legally possible. i have the attorney general and the director of department of health looking at what we can do to try and see what we can do in turn for an open process that will put those who want to disrespect the president and his parents in the proper light, which is to say they have a political agenda not worthy of any good american. >> reporter: so even if the president or white house officials ask you to stop, we just don't want you to do it, it's a matter of principle. you're going to go ahead and do that. >> we haven't had any discussions. this is a matter of principle with me. i knew his mom and dad and knew he was here when he was born. anybody who wants to ask the question honestly could have had their answer already. my friends in congress know that, everyone who knows me knows that. this has nothing to do with the president in terms of politics in the white house.
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this has everything to do with the respect the president's office is entitled to, and it has everything to do with the respect that every person's mother and father is entitled to. >> reporter: so he repeatily in the interview kept citing the president's parents, who he knew here in hawaii in the early '60s, and basically said, you know, look, this is a disrespect to them and so he now has the attorney general of this state as well as the director of the state department of health looking at what legal options they can do here, and i asked the governor point blank, might you just release the president's actual birth certificate, and he basically said if legally we determine i can do that, and i can show the world the birth certificate and try to end this once and for all we'll do whatever we can. he is vowing to end this once and for all, deb. >> it's interesting. he says it's a matter of principle but also very personal, too, especially if he knew the mother and the father. did he say, did you talk about the circumstances of the birth
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as well? >> reporter: yeah. absolutely. he basically said, look, i was here when barack obama was born. he was here in hawaii. he knew about it then, back in 1961, because he knew barack obama sr. who had a scholarship to come to the university of hawaii, where neil abercrombie when was, and this is not just disrespect to the president, the president's office, it's a disrespect to his parents, because the allegation essentially is that barack obama's parents had him born in kenya, and then sort of brought him here to hawaii to sort of fool everyone into thinking he was born here in america and both of the president's parents are deceased and neil abercrombie says it's not just
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for the clearing of the president's name but the parents' sake. >> ed henry taking a hit for the team out there in hawaii. check back in with you later. >> reporter: thanks, deb. another package is found in rome, is it related to those last week? that's next in "globe trekking."
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happening now, well if you haven't heard more than 2,500 flights have been canceled because of the blizzard that is gripping the northeast. all three of new york's airports still closed, but there's word now that jfk and newark will be
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reopening at 6:00 p.m. thousands are without power, some places might get as much as 30 inches of snow. and you're looking live at the dow, a light day of trading is expected on the street today, in addition to the holidays, the bad weather is keeping some wall street employees from getting to work. and nine men arrested across the united kingdom a week ago were ordered held without bail on charges of conspiracy and other terrorism offenses. the men appeared in court in london today, all of the suspects between the ages of 19 and 28. time for "globe trekking." in rome another package bomb was discovered today, this one at the greek embassy. the bomb was defused and there were no injuries. the greek ambassador says the package was addressed by hand and arrived at the embassy christmas eve. police say the device resembled those which exploded in rome at the chilean and swiss embassies injuring two people. an anarchist federation claimed responsibility for the two
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attacks and police say they may be behind today's incident. the group vowed to "destroy the systems of domination." police responded to other reports of suspicious packages at the venezuelan, danish, monaco, kuwaiti and albanian embassies today. they did not contain explosives. next stop egypt and a bus crash that killed eight american tourists. 19 other americans and two egyptians were injured. one side of the bus was completely sheared off. it happened yesterday when a tourist bus slammed into a parked dump truck in aswan. about 600 miles south of cairo. the bus was one of three carrying 116 americans to the popular tourist spot. the bus in the middle of the three-bus convoy is the one that crashed. no word yet on the possible cause. and now to pakistan, two suspected u.s. drone strikes killed 18 alleged militants today. it happened in the tribal region of north waziristan which borders afghanistan. the attack is the latest aimed
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at insurgents suspected of using pakistan as a base to attack u.s. and nato forces in neighboring pakistan. cnn's chris lawrence joins us from the pakistani capital islamabad with more and general petraeus said he wants the u.s. to use a hammer and anvil kind of strategy. what's going on? >> reporter: deb, that basically means to hit from both sides, basically to have as nato forces and afghan forces hit insurgents on their side of the border that the pakistani authorities would follow up with a similar campaign on this side of the border, so the militants don't just flee to safety on the other side. this drone attack today really underscores the increase drone activity here in pakistan, although u.s. authorities will always deny, deny, deny that these drone strikes take place, two pakistani military -- two pakistani intelligence officials
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confirmed to us that there was a drone strike in which it looks like the drone fired four missiles at an insurgent vehicle and then that was followed up later with two missile strikes on an insurgent hideout. the death toll has been rising since we first reported this, it's now up to 18, could go even higher, as authorities look into this even more, but it's interesting in that the drone strikes today in north waziristan it's because of the increased activity in this area that military officials tell us have really pushed a lot of the militants further north into some of the other tribal areas right along the border with afghanistan and when you look at it, this drone strike by our count brings the count to 108 so far this year. compare that to only 52 all of last year. deb? >> chris, one of the reasons that they're looking at this area, the u.s. considers this one of the most dangerous areas
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for u.s. interests, even though pakistan doesn't agree, there are sanctuaries there harboring groups like thetal pan, the hikani network so they want to get there to effectively cut it off temporarily while the winter months are there. >> reporter: right, why does the u.s. care? because they feel this is where a tremendous amount of attacks are planned, supplied and then the fighters are coming from this area to execute them over the border in afghanistan, but i was speaking with a senior pakistani military official who says even though, yes, they know eventually they've got to go into north waziristan, now is not the time. he compared it to the fact that you know a u.s. fighter who fights a year in afghanistan and then goes home to texas or florida, he's safe, he's secure, he can relax. he said because of rotation schedules "our fighters have
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been in these tribal areas for almost two and a half years and then when they do go home they're still fighting militancy in their towns and villages." so he said right now right now they're just not prepared to undertake a massive amount of ground offensive in nauert with a zein north waziristan. six months is the figure i was told but right now is not the time. >> two and a half years there in country, that's got to be difficult. chris lawrence reporting for us out there, thank you so much for joining us today. well, snow is shutting down the northeast, airports closed, travel plans in jeopardy. we'll get the details from chad myers out of the break.
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you're looking at providence, rhode island, and it takes a lot to par lies the northeastern corridor. that's exactly what is going on. the northeast dealing with so much snow, a lot of it whipped up by wind, our severe weather expert chad myers has a lot of information on this. this is tough going. this is tough going. >> it couldn't have been a worse time for how busy the flights were, what the show factors were and how packed the flights were supposed to be. all of the packed flights, all of the people trying to get on flight two now didn't happen. the flight two didn't leave. for the next few days the flight two, three, four, five, only have three or four empty seats on them because it's the busy season. you have 220 people trying to get op. three seats and so on all the way down the line. this may take a week to sort all
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of this out. here's philadelphia, an airport actually moving, 27 planes in the sky to philadelphia, but deb, here is what our board looks like for jfk, laguardia, newark, closed. philadelphia had some planes trying to get in just a little bit ago, i think they probably closed the airport briefly to get the runways cleaned off again, those planes diverted, got scattered to bwi, all over the place so they have to get back in the air, get back into philadelphia and it is one thing after another. there is something that our producers here use all the time called flight board, this is ipad, iphone. this is the jfk departure signs that you would see at the airport, literally if you download this, $3.99 but sitting at the airport and want to have something to do other than like scrabble, you can take a look at what other flights might be leaving. there is some kind of a caribbean flight trying to get to the port of spain, still scheduled for 4:30 but the airport's not open so that's
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probably not going to happen at 4:30 and the line goes down and down and down. if you try -- the thing is now if you're trying to get to new york city, you might not get there, but if you can get to westchester, if you can get to white plains, anywhere close, that's your next best thing. you can get on this or try to call the airlines. the airlines are just swamped. good luck with that. >> and "if" is the operative word, if, if, if. it's interesting. when i booked my tickets south about four or five weeks ago and they had so few seats, and i said are you going to add another plane? they said no, we're not going to add another plane so clearly they have to keep bringing them in or moving them faster. >> they can't move them faster, only so many gates. the gates are jammed up plus you can't put a 737 crew on a 747 plane. right? you have crews in the krong places where planes are -- you have pilots regular and can fly an md-88, macdonald douglas plane, can't fly a 747, c't put the pilot on a plane he's
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not qualified for. ugh, i don't want to think about it. it's a hurricane off the coast of the east coast. it's a category 2, although not textically a hurricane because it's not warm, it's not hurricane season but winds equal to a category 2 hurricane off the coast there and then all the way up to atlanta, canada, this is ugly for atlantic, cab da, newfoundland back down to the ports there. don't think we're the only country that's going to get this. look at the winds south of portland, 49, 52, 50 something miles an hour right there, those are live winds still blowing this snow around, so driving is tough, trains with the third rail aren't moving, it's paralyzing to people that are now getting frazzled. i have a 6-year-old, okay, if i'm on the airplane with him for an extra 45 minutes, he's going, why aren't we taking off? this happened in tampa to me on friday. why aren't we taking off?
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i don't know with ybut it's onl minutes. 45 hours completely different story. >> try to leave with our dignity intact, nicholas, i say, especially when flying. chad myers, thank you so much. the mystery death at the home of a tycoon august busch iv, police released 911 tapes, you'll want to hear that after this.
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now the story of a model who apparently died suddenly at the mansion of august busch iv. busch is the former chief executive of anheuser-busch beer brewing company before it was taken over by a belgian firm. police released the 911 call on the incident from december 19th. casey wian joins from los
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angeles. casey what is going on? >> more than a week after adrian martin the girlfriend of august busch iv was found dead in his mansion, police released the 911 call connected to the case. the call was made by an employee at the busch home. >> now that call was placed at 1:12 last sunday afternoon, according to the frontenac, missouri, police department. paramedics arrived eight minutes later and pronounced 27-year-old martin dead at 1:26. according to the police report there were no apparent signs of trauma or other indications of cause of death. the st. louis county medical
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examiner's office is investigating but it won't have toxicology results for four to six weeks. now the death is being investigated as a possible overdose, according to a law enforcement source who spoke to the "st. louis post dispatch." the paper quotes friends and colleagues who say the former model was against drugs. martin's ex-husband talked to the paper, a doctor who shade she had a heart condition called long q.t. syndrome that in some cases can prove fatal. she leaves behind an 8-year-old son and according to her obituary, august busch iv, the love of her life. deborah? >> casey, my understanding also, they had been going out for about a year, correct, this was a couple? >> this is absolutely a couple, and relatives of the victim or the dead woman say that they were very fond of mr. busch, they had been in a relationship for a year, both divorced. she had an 8-year-old son as we
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mentioned, and that 8-year-old son's father said he was also, he also thought that august busch iv is a good guy. deborah? >> okay. thank you, and there was a little bit of a delay though on releasing, on that call, wasn't there, by the time they found her and the time they called 911? >> yes, there are some questions about that, local media reported that the medical examiner's office said that she was found dead at 12:30 p.m., that the 911 call wasn't made until 42 minutes later. i spoke to the medical examiner's office myself earlier today, and they said that they didn't provide that 12:30 time frame. so we're not exactly clear where that came from, it could have come from a paramedic, could have come from somebody else, could have been an estimate but there are questions about the timing of the 911 call that have not been answered and also questions about the actual time of her death. she was apparently last seen alive at 3:30 in the morning. the original police report said
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that the death occurred on the 18th and they amended it and saying it occurred on the 19th so a lot of questions still revolving around this case. >> casey wian in los angeles, thanks so much. we'll check in with you in a little while. an arizona state legislator is recovering today after he was severely beaten in his business about an hour south of phoenix. police are looking for the person who tied up frank pratt, beat him stole his truck from his swimming pool business. at last check he was in stable condition. at least nine people including four police officers are dead after suicide bombings in western iraq. at least two explosions hit a government complex in ramadi. 40 people were wounded in those attacks. the actor injured on the set of the "spyderman broadway musical" is recovering after surgery. 32-year-old christopher tierney was hurt after he fell during a performance last week. you see him on that stage going forward.
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he fell 30 feet into the orchestra pit. tierney suffered broken ribs and a back injury. forget the rat pack. in the '80s it was all about the brat pack. coming up we're going to revisit the movie "st. elmo's fire" and find out what that cast is up to now. d gr?gaue
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matains heyesy.rc g ♪ it was one of the most memorable brat pack movies of the 1980s, "st. elmo's fire," that coming of age movie. where are the actors of this iconic film now? brooke anderson reports from hollywood.
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♪ >> reporter: it was 1985 and seven college graduates left the halls of georgetown and entered the hearts of a generation. 25 years later, kirby, billy, kevin, jules, alex, wesley and wendy have gone their own way. >> i encourage young people to get in life, man and get involved and reengaged. >> reporter: for his part emilio estevez son of martin sheen and brother of charlie shenl wrote and starred in the biopick "bobby." rob lowe, d.c.'s ultate frat boy went on to a thriving career in television including a seven-year stint on "the west wing" and four-year run on the hit "brothers & sisters." >> like a yearbook i guess. >> reporter: allie sheeny, andrew mccarthy all starred in a
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series of brat pack movies before evolving into smaller roles in hollywood. mary winningham went on to have five children and in 2002 converted to judaism and continues to work in recent roles with the drama "24" and gray's anatomy. >> reporter: finally and perhaps the most famous is actress demi moore. >> i really love you. >> ditto. >> reporter: her subsequent roles in box office hits like "ghost," indecent proposal and charlie's angel as well as highly publicized marriages to bruce willis and now ashton kutcher have made her a fixture in the public eye. brooke anderson, cnn, hollywood. >> i remember well. okay. you're spending time with friends and family over the holidays and looking for that perfect indoor activity you can share with the whole gang. we've got it. it's called the most intriguing
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personal of the year. here's how you can play. go to cnn.com. that's where you'll find cnn's list of who we consider the 20 most intriguing people of 2010. your role is to help us narrow the list down to ten, and it's not going to be easy. is it quarterback michael vick who went from dog abuser to top dog? or trapped chilean miner edison pena whose training in the mine shaft allowed him to do the new york city marathon? is apple's steve jobs more intriguing than facebook's mark zuckerberg? decide your top ten and we announce the winner this thursday. hugh hefner is at it again at 84. i'll tell you what it is after a break. down. straight. go straight. no, to the right. to the right. >> go to the right, go to the right. >> whoa! >> whoa! >> what is that? >> man: well, that's a, uh... i don't know. >> whoa.
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>> can we call him blinky? >> woman: expert teaching. deeper learning. together, we are the human network. cisco.
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time now for "odds & ends" and new beginnings. you know crystal harris, miss dees fwooin? on christmas eve she became the next mrs. hef to be. in a tweet to fans the founder
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of "playboy" said he gifted his new favorite bombshell with an engagement ring and it was the happiest christmas weekend in memory. when you're 85 years old, that's saying something. ms. harris is 24. put another way, she was 3 when hef wed the former play mate he divorced a few months ago. in 2 1/2 months from the rescue from the chilean mine they were the toast of the world. the 33 miners along with families and rescuers are going to disney world for a six-day, all-expenses paid vacation. they'll also serve as grand marshals at the main street parade. alannis more he issette can thank the stork for her best christmas. they welcomed a baby boy who they named ever imra morissette trimway. the publicist says all are
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healthy and happy. almost 2:00. it's 1:59. i'm deb feyerick for ali velshi. you're looking at a live picture of new york city, the nation's largest city has nearly ground to a standstill. all major airlines are closed, roads are a mess. new york is not alone. if you're in the northeast and want to get out or while you're outside the northeast and trying to get in, forget christmas. this is starting to feel a lot like groundhog's day going over and over again. in the wake of a yuletide blizzard that brought as much as 2 1/2 feet of snow and winds as high as 80 miles an hour travel is at best strongly discouraged and at worst downright impossible. the three major airports serving new york city were supposed to reopen at 4:00 eastern. two hours from now. but that has been pushed back, along with the hopes of thousands of would-be passengers trying to get on vacation or just get home. jfk and newark are scheduled to reopen at 6:00 p.m. no word yet on laguardia.
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more than 2500 flights have been canceled since yesterday. even if the snow melted tomorrow, it would take days and days to get all the schedules back to normal. and while the snow is not going to be melting tomorrow because blizzard warnings remain in effect in northern new england states. an emergency as far south as virginia. here too timing is everything. schools and many officest offices are closed anyway so no free day off. most stranded fliers found out flights were canceled before they took the time to go to the airport. still our allan chernoff has spent many hours at laguardia. he's been talking to a lot of people. a lot of company there. all allan, are folks riding with this or frustrations mounting? >> reporter: generally people are in a very good humor here. it's after the holidays and people recognize if the weather has been intense and there's really nothing that can be done. as i'm speaking, the general
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manager of the port authority here, of the laguardia airport of the port authority has just begun speaking. he's addressing the news media, as you can see. and he's saying that there is still work to be done here so that they cannot open laguardia airport at 4:00, as they had been hoping. so let me just listen for a second. he's saying -- yes, he's saying that even tonight the airline operations are going to be limited. not a surprise. i mean, this storm just hit new york with such a pounding. and as a result, it's going to, as you just mentioned -- it's going to take a very long time for the airlines to get their schedules back to full schedule. and they had been hoping to do that early tomorrow morning. obviously, it's not going to happen. >> allan, because this is one of those unpredictable events, it's weather, folks are not even getting any sort of compensation, right? they're not getting a hotel or
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necessarily meal vouchers but sort of making due with what they've got. >> reporter: well, what they've got are could tts here. folks have been staying here at the airport. the people who have been arriving -- last night about 250 were put up over here. some stayed on cots. others just stayed on the seats that they had here at the food court, wherever they could find a place to rest up. but it's been certainly an experience for some. >> the food court apparently the hot spot to be. and if you can get one of the few chairs that are there. alt lan chernoff in new york city. thank you so much. we'll check in with you in a little while. cnn's rob marciano is in stanford, connecticut, today. he's beginning to see some signs of life. rob. >> reporter: conditions here in southwest connecticut beginning to improve finally after the blizzard of 2010. starting to move out. folks are milling about and coming out of their cocoon so to speak as the snow has stopped and the wind starting to calm down and the roads have gotten a
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lot better. folks are getting out in their cars a little bit. the plows have done a fairly good job clearing the roadways. even now we're starting to see a little bare pavement. temperatures are below freezing and will remain below freezing through tonight. so what's here will likely be here tomorrow and the nevilxt couple of days. it's more treacherous getting around on foot on the sidewalks than it is on the streets. here's city hall. stanford, connecticut, it's shut down today. one of the busy office buildings that are shut down. private businesses shut down as well. of course the kids are out of school. snowdrifts in some spots pretty high because of the winds that have been so gusty and still in some spots there are power outages because of this storm that's been so devastating to the northeast. right now conditions are at least beginning to improve. rob marciano, cnn, stanford, connecticut. >> thanks, rob. well, our "sound effect" today is a powerhouse performer,
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righter, producer and ranger. that's a quote from motown founder berry gordy describing teena marie. she called herself the ivory queen of soul. here's part of the reason why. listen. ♪ i need your love ♪ a little birldy told me that you feel the same ♪ ♪ all i want to do is be your one and only lover ♪ ♪ i don't want to be your other girl ♪ ♪ i don't want to rock your world ♪ >> you can't help but move when you hear music like that. teena marie died in her sleep yesterday at her home in pasadena, california. she was 54. on the last night of her life she quoted a quote from jazz great sarah vaughn. quote, may you never grow old
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and may i never die. we have remember the acclaimed bud greenspan. if you know and care about the olympics you know and care about his work. he chronicled the games for six decades on film and in books. bud greenspan died christmas afternoon from complications of parkinson's disease. he was 84. nine men accused of planning terrorist attacks appeared in court today and all denied bail. cnn international correspondent dan rivers is standing by in london. what happened in that courtroom? >> reporter: obviously, it was very heavy high security at westminster majesty court as the nine men were brought in in three different groups. they're from three different areas of the uk, cardive, and london. they're all brought in and basically only spoke to confirm their identities, addresses and ages. they heard the charges that were read out to them. all nine charged with two main charges -- conspiracy to cause
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explosions between the 6 lth of november and the 21st of december. also preparing for an act of terrorism which included details such as sort of going online, downloading material, researching, counting out reconnaissance of different alleged potential targets, traveling to meetings, meet you meeting one another, igniting and testing incendiary material. 8 of the 9 men were also charged with possession of different extremist sort of handbooks, if you like. one of them, though, wasn't charged with that. they've all had this first preliminary aexperience now in court. they have to appear again at a different court. the world famous old bailey criminal -- central criminal courts on the 14th of january. that will be the beginning then of what will probably be quite a long process before we get to a full trial. the men today didn't have the
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chance to put in any sort of guilty or not guilty plea. this is just a very early preliminary stage. and of course this all relates to dawn raids, deborah, back a week ago when the police rounded up a total of 12 men. three of those men were released without charge and this is the nine going forward. the targets -- what we can say is significant uk targets including potentially, according to the prosecution, the u.s. embassy here in london and the london stock exchange. >> the incendiary devices you mentioned, i know in the uk the rules are strict what you can and cannot say. but are they suggesting they were looking at car bombs or suicide bombs or anything like that? >> reporter: no. not that we understand in court. some of the extremist literature that was referred to in court refers to pipe bombs. there was discussion of parcel
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bombs as well. but all this will be properly set out by the prosecution in the coming months. clearly there's a massive amount of information relating to these alleged terrorist suspects. they will have the chance to counter that. but this -- we understood from previous sourcing on this story this was an intelligence-led operation that involved the domestic intelligence service mi-5, who are the lead agency on this, working together with the counterterrorist unit in the west midlands in the city of england. they have basketball the lead body on this. it's now in the hands of the court. it will then sort of process through the normal way. these men are uk citizens. one of them, though, from bangladesh. they're all of bangladeshi heritage. but, as i say, only one of them was born outside the uk. the rest are uk citizens.
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>> very quickly, is there any information as to whether they were acting independently or part of a transnational group or something you're likely to hear in january at the next hearing? >> reporter: we'll hear that in january. there was some discussion of the nature of the booklets that they had in their possession. but that's probably something that will be explained more fully by the courts at a later date. but clearly, any potential terrorist plot in this country, you know, there is a backdrop, if you like, that forms a part of these proceedings normally, which is the invasion of afghanistan, the invasion of iraq. those are all subjects that are normally brought up by terrorist suspects as being a reason for them feeling that they are -- have to go out and pursue sort of terrorist agenda. in this case, though, that wasn't explained to us in court. so we're going to have to wait and find out what their
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motivation was. and of course it's important to stress in this they haven't had the chance yet to enter their plea. so we've got to hear their side of how they make -- what they make of this evidence that's going to be put against them by the prosecutors. >> of course. dan rivers in london, great job as always. thanks so much. we'll check in. remember this dramatic scene as a little cuban boy became the center of an international custody battle? elian gonzalez was just 6 years old when he was taken in a raid. get unbelievable clearance prices on select toys, home decor, clothing, candy, and seasonal items. it all starts december 26, while supplies last. it's the end-of-the-year clearance event at walmart! another heart attack could be lurking, waiting to strike. a heart attack that's caused by a clot, one that could be fatal. but plavix helps save lives. plavix, taken with other heart medicines,
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it captivated the united states and cuba for years coming to a head when the 6-year-old was seized in a federal raid in miami. now a young adult elian has his own feelings on his controversial and public family battle. we have a report from havana. >> reporter: you probably remember the face. elian gonzalez, the cuban rafter
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boy at the heart of a politically charged custody battle. elian was just 5 when a smuggler's boat headed to the united states flipped over in the florida straits in november 1999. his mother drowned. elian was found clinging to an inner tube and handed over to relative in south florida. but his father back in cuba demanded elian be repatriated. america watched as a nasty tug-of-war played out in the media and ended with a raid on his relatives' home in miami. ten years after elian returned to cuba, he says he feels no anger toward the family that tried to keep him in florida. "even though they did help me in every possible way," he says, "they didn't help me move forward. they're still my own family. ." now that he's 17 he doesn't make
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many public appearances but this summer he joined raul castro on the anniversary of his homecoming. "thanks to a large part of the american public and to our public, today i'm with my father and i feel happy here," he says. no longer a little boy, he attends a cuban military academy. two years ago, he joined the elite union of communist youth. we recently went to the modest house where elian once lived. his grandmother answered the door. "now he's a man," she said. "a little man. he's studying and integrated and has life the way he wants it." she said he has top grades and has a girlfriend but elian and his father moved to a secluded house visitors can't easily reach. cnn, havana. okay. you're spending time with friends and family over the holidays. you're looking for that perfect indoor activity especially with the cold weather. you want to share it with the
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whole gang. we've got it. it's called the most intriguing person of the year. here's how you can play. go to cnn.com. that's where you're going to find cnn's list of who we consider the 20 most intriguing people of 2010. you can see some of them right there. your role is to narrow the list down to ten. and it's not going to be easy. is it quarterback michael vick who went from dog abuser to top dog? or trapped chilean miner edison pena whose training in the mine shaft allowed him to run the new york city marathon? is apple's steve jobs more intriguing than, let's say, facebook's mark zuckerberg? you decide your top ten. we'll anoujs the winner this thursday. next, "the stakeout." we're going to check in with senior white house correspondent ed henry. that is if he's not busy, let's say, surfing. [ male announcer ] breathe, socket. just breathe. we know it's intimidating. instant torque. top speed of 100 miles an hour.
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♪ well, the weather has been terrible in washington, d.c., but that's no problem for our senior white house correspondent ed henry. why? well, listen to the music. he's hanging out with the president in hawaii. it is a tough job. we know you're running out of sunscreen. ed, i hope at least they're feeding you. >> reporter: yeah. i'm also running out of new hawaiian shirts. i'm going to have to start recycling them. i don't want you to think i have it that easy. there is a light rain falling behind me and i can sympathize with my colleagues like you back east because it plunged overnight here to about 65 degrees. so it's really dipped a lot. it's not really that warm right now. i mean, it's okay. but, yeah, it's fun on the white house beat.
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you get to travel all around the world with the president to exotic locales not just internationally but here in hawaii and get to sample the food. one of the things you learn on this beat pretty early is the president likes to eat and so do the reporters that follow him around. this president is an adventurous diner despite the first lady's healthy eating initiative. >> then you put french fries on top of it. we can't tell the first lady. that is a big looking piece of cake. >> reporter: but in fairness, the president usually can't say no, especially on the campaign trail, unless he wants to offend the locals. reporters have a choice. we could say no but often say yes, whether it's a gourmet restaurant here in honolulu like this or a dive in dubuque. ask veteran correspondent bill plante of cbs news, so good at picking wine we call him our unofficial sommelier. >> it's important because you spend the whole day working and you need some kind of
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opportunity to relax. how do you relax? you relax over good food and good wine. >> reporter: so after a series of long days working -- yeah, that's it -- working on the beach. >> you are working just to be clear? >> he is white house correspondent, not a fashion reporter. poor ed henry. our random moment of the day. >> reporter: it was time to take bill plante's advice and get a nice meal in honolulu. >> there are a couple that are particularly nice where you can sit in the evening breeze, open to the sky and the sea and sip a fine glass of wine and have wonderful food. have ed give me a call. >> reporter: the person to call in honolulu is allen wong, celebrity chef who hosted the president and first lady here many times but is still in awe of the experience. >> it's in hawaii what we call chicken skin moments. >> reporter: what does that mean? >> goosebumps. >> reporter: and you get that? >> oh, yeah, every time. >> reporter: contrary to some of the junk food, the president and the press enjoy on the road, this restaurant is known for
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local vegetables and fresh seafood like the at this lappa the first lady prefers. that's why the first couple keeps coming back and so doe we. >> you're in hawaii. you should be able to taste hawaii. a little east and west. it's kind of natural. >> reporter: allen wong confided that the president love the short ribs when he goes to allen wong's restaurants and sometimes gets a second helping. interesting because the guy is in such great shape. that's the part of having a skinny president. you don't have to worry about this but the of us are reminded on the new year's resolutions. >> your favorite quote? >> reporter: out here it's seafood. it's unbelievable. they've got pink snapper and at this ltill yappa is fresh. it's going to be harder to say this is tough duty when i lay out the menu. >> you see food and eat it.
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serious question actually. there are a couple of reports that perhaps secretary of state hillary clinton is thinking about maybe making a change at the new year, governor bill richardson would step in as secretary of state? is there anything to those rumors? >> reporter: nothing to it. i guess the initial report started with d.c. "examiner" in washington suggesting maybe bill richardson, the outgoing new mexico governor might be replacing hillary clinton as secretary of state. just spoke to a senior administration official who said it's not true at all. it's essentially laughed off by the administration. i think it's clear there might be some cabinet reshuffling and certainly staff rehufl you shuffling as early as the first week in january. some things like larry summers has to be replaced, the chief economic adviser. but the notion of hillary clinton leaving, the white house is laughing it off. >> thank you so much. we're all sitting here in complete envy. all right. have one for us.
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checking the latest developments in our top stories, julian assange, the founder of wikileaks, has reportedly landed a book deal worth at least $1.3 million. assange says he'll use the funds to keep the website running and to pay for mounting legal fees resulting from sex charges he's facing in sweden. assange told the sunday times of london he didn't want to write the book but had to for financial reasons. secretary of state hillary clinton is weighing in after a russian court found an oil tycoon and his business partner guilty of corruption charges. he had expressed a desire to run for office and said the trial was part of a kremlin campaign to destroy him. clinton said the conviction will have a negative impact on russia's reputation for fulfilling its international human rights obligations. the blizzard that slammed the east coast has also chilled some retailers' hopes for big after-christmas sales. one analyst's estimates retailers are going to lose
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about 0.5% because of the storm. experts say retailers could recover but it could be hard after losing so much momentum. so what's the latest on all that snow? we're going to get the details from chad myers on the other side the break. gr d t ?gaue
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well, the blizzard is all around us. we're feeling it here in atlanta. certainly the northeast getting hammered. where is it going next? >> one inch of snow in atlanta paralyzed the city. >> it's all relative. >> all we get ready for. stop everything. close it down! well, i guess there's some good news. there are planes in the air right now to jfk. jfk is closed. we called this on the road to nowhere last year. american airlines 24 from san francisco, flight 2 from l.a.x. you are in the air on the way to a closed airport. good luck with that. although they're hoping that by the time they get there, the airport will have opened. they thought it was going to be open at 4:00. it's not going to be ep at 4:00. maybe not open at 6:00. even laguardia doesn't even have a number on when they may have
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their gates cleared out enough. let's take a look at wmur. here's a picture out of manchester, new hampshire. yeah. that's cold. that even looks cold on the inside. that looks cold from standing a thousand miles away from them. planes are moving, though. exactly. and this is the key. if you can find an airport that will be accepting flights and you can find a seat on one of those planes, take it! literally, just get out of where you are because you may be sitting where you are for a very long time. we've had some very full flights that didn't get moved. they're sitting there. there goes the low. you asked me is it a hurricane. i saw the morning show. they called is the buricane. we make all these things up every year. snowmageddon and yada, yada. portland, winds 48 miles per hour. still getting enough winds to close some of the roadways as we
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speak. open one more thing for honolulu. our president is obviously in hawaii and there's a flash flood warning at the north shore of kauai. they have enough rain in kauai -- roll this up -- that they have closed a couple of bridges on the island of kauai. there's weather everywhere. it just depends on what you hope for and what you don't. this is slowing everybody down. a little bit of flooding in hawaii. the sun will be out tomorrow. >> hopefully everywhere. snowmageddon. i love that one. thank you so much, chad myers. suspected u.s. drone strikes, pakistan's tribal region. we're going to tell you who the target was and whether they were successful in "globetrekking." [ male announcer ] you are a business pro.
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happening now. more than 2500 flights have been canceled because of the blizzard gripping the northeast. all three of new york's airports are still closed, but there's now word laguardia may reopen at 4:00 p.m. and jfk and newark will be reopening at 6:00 p.m. thousands are without power. some places might get as much as 30 inch of snow, more than two feet there. you're looking live at the dow. a light day of trading is expected on the street today. in addition to the holidays, the bad weather is keeping sowall street employees from getting to work. held on charges of conspiracy and other terrorism offenses. they appeared in court in london today. all of the suspects are between the ages of 19 and 28. time for "globetrekking." in rome another package bomb was discovered today this one at the greek embassy. the bomb was defused.
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there were no injuries. the package was addressed by hand and arrived on christmas eve. police say it resembled those which exploded in rome last week and at the chilean and swiss embassies injuring two people. an an, y-- an anarchist group claimed responsibility. the group has vowed to launch more strikes to, quote, destroy the systems of domination, unquote. police also responded to other reports of suspicious packages at the venezuelan, danish, monaco, kuwaiti and albanian embassies in rome today. those packages did not contain explosives. next stop egypt and the bus crash that killed eight american tourists. 19 other americans and two egyptians were injured. one side of the bus was completely sheared off. look at that picture. it happened yesterday when a tourist bus slammed into a parked dump truck in aswan.
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the bus in the middle of the three-bus convoy is the one that crashed. no word on the possible cause. and now to pakistan. two suspected u.s. drone strikes killed 18 alleged militants today. it happened in the tribal region of north waziristan, which borders afghanistan. the attack just the latest aimed at insurgents suspected of using pakistan as a base to attack u.s. and nato forces in neighboring afghanistan. cnn's chris lawrence joins us from the pakistani capital islamabad with more. this is an area where there are a lot of sanctuaries, right, chris? >> reporter: that's right, deb. and if you believe the u.s. military and the intelligence officials, it's an area where a lot of the insurgent leadership is also based, where a lot of the attacks are supplied, they're planned and then the fighters cross over the border
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into afghanistan to carry out the attacks on both afghan forces and nato troops. so it's a very, very important region. and up till now, it has been one where the pakistani military has been unable or unwilling to put ground troops in in great numbers to sort of mount a ground offensive. so u.s. drone strikes have been really the only way to go after insurgents in north waziristan. two pakistani intelligence officials tell us these were two drone strikes today. the first fired about four missiles at an. >> narrator: vehic-- an insurge vehicle and the second at an insurgent hideout. death toll 18 which could go up as well. it really shows the expansion of the ills drone program under president barack obama and especially this year. by our count, this makes the 108th drone strike already this
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year. compare that to only 52 all of last year. deb. >> chris, pakistan does not necessarily support this, correct? so is that creating tensions? or are these necessary as far as the u.s. is concerned? >> reporter: well, it's sort of a game that's played publicly and privately. u.s. officials almost will never even talk about drone strikes. even on background when you're talking to officials, they rarely if ever will discuss drone strikes. it's just deny, deny, deny. pakistan publicly will come out and condemn a lot of these drone strikes. president zardari has come out and said that they're counter productive, that they cause civilian casualties. but we know from some of the leaked wikileaks documents that came out that pakistan has given a sort of tacit approval to these drone strikes privately, even though they may condemn
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them publicly for reasons because they are so unpopular among the pakistani people. >> okay, chris lawrence, spending the holiday in pakistan. we appreciate it. thank you so much. we'll check in with you a little later on. and first the bong. now this. some pretty racy pictures of miley cyrus have gone viral. you'll see them next. and what to do when your teen idols aren't so perfect?
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we want to warn parents out there you may want to get your children out of the room before this next story. it involves disney channel
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superstar miley cyrus and she has some more explaining to do. there are new controversial photos of the 18-year-old on the internet. again, not exactly appropriate for children to see. this is the picture that's getting all the attention. we're told that it's miley's assistant. we're not sure where or when these photos were taken but this is the other picture and it shows miley with a group of people. we thought this would probably put some parents of young kids in a very difficult position. what do you tell them when they ask about these photos? well, we've asked an expert to give us some help here. clinical psychologist dr. jeff gardere joins us from new york. my daughter picked up a magazine. and to try to explain how a good disney star goes not bad necessarily, but how do you explain that to children? she's entitled to live her own life certainly. but for the rest of us having to sort of pick up the pieces, what do we do? how do we explain? >> one of the first things you
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have to do, deb, is hear what it is your child has to say about the photos. if we have get into a diatribe or lecture as to how bad that role model is or that teen idol, all we do is turn our kids off or, as you know as a parent, whatever we tell them, they'll do the opposite of that. if you put down that teen idol, all your kid will do is tend to admire that idol more. again, the bottom line is gauge from your child what it is they think about that idol before you go into your conversation. >> is it -- you know what's so interesting also is there are so many questions. i mean, when you think about these new pictures with miley cyrus, this disney star -- also another one that got into trouble as well. i assume that honesty is sort of the best policy. explaining to your children that in fact, these are teenagers. they're growing up. they're trying to express themselves but you don't agree.
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what is the nature, the direction of the conversation that should be taking place? >> i just love the way that you've done that. you seem to be a very good parent in that this is what i advise parents to do. you can let your child know -- be honest that you're not particularly thrilled with what this teen idol is doing. however, you would understand if your child happens to still admire that individual. but there are lessons to be learned. first and foremost, that a lot of these teen idols are playing a role. our kids tend to like that character that the actor or actress is playing on tv. so we need to let our kids know that it is more a one dimensional character and these people who are the actresses or actors in fact have much more complex lives. the next thing you need to let them know is it's okay for them to admire these teen idols, but they should take the best out of several of these teen idols and look for the more positive
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messages that these kids are giving. and finally, as you said, that people do make mistakes and that the idols are not perfect. we're not perfect as parents. our kids aren't perfect. but they really should learn more of what the positive lessons are and certainly not try to repeat some of those mistakes and that these teen idols actually do grow up and do turn into individuals who are not the constant figures that our kids are used to seeing on television. >> and it's interesting to watch these young teenagers. they have challenges that are unbelievable. the fame, the popularity, the sort of ever-present figure, especially when you're a disney star. is it unfair of parents to put a higher expectation on these young people than possible? and should we be letting our children know that in fact they live a little bit of a different life simply because they're exposed to so much? >> i don't think it's unfair for us to set high expectations.
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really, the bottom line is when you become a disney star or you become any kind of a star, you kind of make a deal with the devil. and that is, even if you don't want to be a role model, you are a role model. and there are a lot of other teen idols and a lot of other actors and actresses who have done better. but your point is well taken. and we have to let kids know that we're all human. we're not perfect. and some of us, including these disney stars and others in the media have a lot more pressure. but that being said, deb, kids have pressure on themselves to try to be perfect. and, therefore, instead of harping or jumping on these teen idols for bad behavior, we can use that as an example for our kids, asking them when do they feel like perhaps they've made a mistake or that perhaps they could have done better and spring boarding off of that as learning from mistakes as one becomes a young adult going
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through the teen rebellion years. >> jeff gardere, thank you so much. we did reach out to miley's camp. we have not heard back from them yet. certainly a lot of pressure. not easy to be a parent. certainly not easy to be a teenager. and i guess learning from mistakes that you make. jeff gardere, thank you so much for joining us today. >> thank you so much. coming up on 2:50, here's a look at the top stories this hour. an arizona state legislator is recovering after he was severely beaten at his business an hour south of phoenix. police say they're looking for the person who tied up frank pratt, beat him and stole his truck from his swimming pool business. at last check he was in stable condition. at least nine people including four police officers are dead after suicide bombings in western iraq. at least two explosions hit a government complex in ramadi. 40 people were wounded in those attacks. and the actor injured on the set of the spider-man broadway musical is recovering after surgery. he's expected to begin
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rehabilitation today in new york. 32-year-old christopher tierney was hurt after he fell during a performance last week. he fell 30 feet -- look at that -- into the orchestra pit. he suffered broken ribs and back injury. it just may be the best way of all to see new york city and it will only cost you a couple of bucks. we'll take you on a spectacular ride in the sky. that's coming up next. ooker. ooker. hair and mascara, a lethal combo. i'm jon haber of alto music. i've been around music my entire life. this is the first alto music i opened when i was 24. my business is all about getting music into people's hands. letting someone discover how great music is, is just an awesome thing. and the plum card from american express open helps me do that. i use it for as much inventory as i possibly can. from picks...to maracas... to drums... to dj equipment... you name it, i can buy it. and the savings that we get from the early
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one of the most spectacular ways to see the new york city skyline may also be one the cheapest. you can hop on the roosevelt island tram for about two bucks and one of the guys who works the night shift on the tram says after dark it's the best time of
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all to ride. photojournalist needham takes us along for the ride as part of cnn's "in focus" series. >> as i said, the city never sleeps. there's always action. my name is michael finnen. i'm an attendant for the roosevelt island tramway. the public transportation between manhattan and roosevelt island, which is an island in the middle of the east river. please hold on while the cabin is docking. my shift is from 10:00 at night to 6:00 in the morning.
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the skyline of manhattan is always overpowering but i think more so at night when all the buildings are lit up and reflected on the east river. tonight it's pretty calm. other nights it could be a little foggy and very quiet and mysterious. i prefer the night shift. i'm used to it now. my whole life is geared around it. let's go, please. we're late. >> thank you. >> sorry. >> okay. closing my doors. good evening, ladies and gentlemen. please hold on while the cabin is in motion. thank you. it is a different lifestyle in reverse. eating patterns are all off. sleeping patterns are all off. the best thing about the job is it leave my days free, especially in the warm weather. you get out, walk around.
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the downside is you lose contact with a lot of friends and family. working nights is sort of pleasant to have the sun coming up. some people say i have one of the nicest jobs. and i tend to agree with them. >> a great ride and a great island especially during the summer. you can see more of the year's best stories from cnn's award-winning "in focus" photojournalist team in an hour-long special new year's day 2:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. who are the year's most admired man and woman? less than three years ago they were debating each other. we'll have the answer in our political update. uh-oh.
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there's a new call on this year's most admired man and woman. cnn congressional correspondent brianna keilar has the latest. >> i think we just really like to rank people at the end of the year. this is a gallup survey of the most admired former presidents, cultural icons, religious leaders. ladies first. hillary clinton topping the list for the ninth year in a row. check this out on the ticker. president obama topping the list for men for the third year in a row right behind president obama, you have former president george w. bush. right behind him former president bill clinton. and they have some pretty serious company here with nelson mandela, pope benedict. you can see how all of these ratings come down on the cnn political ticker at cnnpolitics.com. our next story on the
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ticker, a very big milestone for the mayor of chicago. can you even fathom this that mayor richard daley as served eight years and 12 months? who is he knocking off the list? his father as it turns out. he has a few more months to serve, mayor daley does. he's going to be leaving as mayor of chicago in the spring. also on the cnn political ticker, we have a female senator who has hit her own milestone or going to be hitting her milestone next week when the new congress intravenous. barbara micullski. this is a story my colleague dana bash put together. you really get a flavor for how times have changed in the senate. the senator frank in her comments talking about when she came in as the first democratic woman to be elected in her own rite in 1986, that she really rocked the boat by wearing
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pants, that it was kind of expected that women in congress wore skirts and that was really kind of the first ways that she sort of made some waves there. >> wow, i like it. pants, imagine that. how crazy! how crazy is that! what were the reasons people said they really like president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton? did they connect? did they appreciate their accomplishment s.? what was it? >> reporter: i think it was that they appreciated the accomplishments and i think it's so interested when you look at the top rated certainly on the men's side -- you have three former presidents in the one, two, three spot. behind them you have nelson mandela, the pope and a number of other notables. certainly people ranking their presidents pretty high, don't you think? >> absolutely. a little thanks is due at this time of year anyway. brianna keilar, thank you so much. we'll check in with you a little later on. thanks so much. your next update from the best political team on television is just an hour away so stay tuned for that. and what could be more
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miserable than being stranded at the airport in a blizzard? a lot of things. maybe sleeping on the floor with a few thousand close friends isn't as bad as you think. i'll tell you what i think. my "xyz" is next. thanks. excuse me a sec. another person calling for her grandmother. she thinks it's her soup huh? i'm told she's in the garden picking herbs. she is so cute. okay i'll hold. she's holding. wha? (announcer) progresso. you gotta taste this soup.
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well, time now for the "xyz" of it. the people who fly these days can't seem to catch a break between terror threats, body scans and now the snow. but i noticed a few things flying on my way here to atlanta this morning. the airlines get it. they know what you're going through. for example, i was on two planes and the pilots and flight attendant s. were cracking jokes, trying to lighten the mood as if it's a mandate now. the pilot out of new york said, i know we're a few minutes late, but, folks it's better than the four patients who were left behind. they'll be really late. i noticed a certain camaraderie between passengers. one dad with teenage kids gave up an aisle seat to help a mom

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